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Adhoc staff make case for release at top court

Senior Adhoc member Lim Mony speaks to the press as she is escorted out of the Appeal Court in February.

The Supreme Court yesterday heard the bail request of four Adhoc staffers who are opposing the extension of their pre-trial detention to 18 months, of which they have already served 14 months. During the one-hour hearing, the four – Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Nay Vanda – told presiding Judge Kim Sathavy and four other judges about their concerns, which include health problems and overcrowding at the prison. Mony claimed that the health of the four have deteriorated as their detainment wears on.

Banks roll out cards with new logos

The new logo of Acleda Bank is visible as traffic passes one of the bank’s branches in Phnom Penh.

Financial institutions that were abruptly ordered to change their logos earlier this year due to the perceived similarities with state iconography have begun issuing new bank cards to their clients free of charge. Acleda Bank, the nation’s largest commercial bank, has announced that starting Monday its clients can visit its branches to obtain new bank cards. The ATM, debit and credit cards bear the bank’s new logo and have been upgraded to replace the magnetic strip on some older cards with more secure chip technology.

Two monks in Battambang defrocked for weapon charges

Horn Sophanny, 24, from Battambong's Domrey Sar Pagoda was defrocked and sent to court yesterday for illegal possession of a gun.

A Battambang monk was defrocked and sent to court yesterday for illegal possession of a gun, a day after another monk in the province was arrested for slashing a third monk across the face with a cleaver for playing his radio too late at night. Horn Sophanny, 24, of the Domrey Sar pagoda in Battambang city, was accused of having “caused an impact on Buddhism and possess[ing] a weapon illegally”, according to a police report obtained by Heng Sayhong, of the provincial rights group Licadho.

‘No proof of genocide’: defence

Khmer Rouge tribunal International Co-Prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian (right) and his deputy, William Smith, during closing statements in Case 002/02 last week at the ECCC.

There was “no proof of genocide” committed during the Khmer Rouge regime, lawyers for former leader Khieu Samphan said yesterday, while blaming the invading Vietnamese for wielding the loaded term as a political tool, in the final day of defence statements in Case 002/02. Former head of state Samphan and his co-accused, Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, are charged with a rash of crimes against humanity, including genocide, but Samphan defender Anta Guisse yesterday urged judges to acquit her client in her closing arguments.

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

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